Jan 30, 2012

~ linda horsley antiques

Let's continue with the somewhat crazed updating of my family room, shall we? As I shared in this post, Trace Mayer was only the beginning... then in this post, the design fury continued at Rousset Antiques. Next, was Spurgeon Lewis Antiques in Alexandria, from this post.
Today, we visit Linda Horsley Antiques, in Atlanta, GA. Oddly enough, I've been to Atlanta several times, and done extensive antique shopping, and I don't think I've ever been in this shop. It will be a top priority next time I'm in town, without a doubt! 
So, what drew me into this online shop, through 1st Dibs, was this table...

I literally think it's the most charming kitchen table I've ever seen! My husband wonders about those stretchers across the bottom... will they be cumbersome? I could care less... but he is much more practical and other annoying things... (I jest, I love his guts...)

Then, when I searched the website for more tables, I found this one... not for a kitchen table, but oh my, isn't it lovely?

Then I saw this one, and I began to realize Linda Horsley was full of treasures, and my search continued with added passion...

to lighting,

which I was not in the market for.

Except upon further examination, how could I not see the incredible possibility of this pair of lamps on the hutch in my family room?

Extremely charming, yes? Um, yes.
I actually thought the lampshades they came with, although they were extremely well-made, had a modern feel... so I totally copied straight from the latest Charles Faudree book, Details, and had lampshades made out of this adorable Vervain 'Charles Faudree' fabric... (one of the very same fabrics that will be featured on my kitchen chairs!)

Linda Horsley is "well known for her impeccable taste and creativity" and "selectively chooses all of her pieces." I personally love her impeccable taste!
Here are a few of my favorite things from the website...
Would love to own these adorable carved ducks...

and this stunner... wow!

What a charming addition to any room...

Love this enchanting painting... 
(remember my wall space conundrum?)

And that, dear readers, is the next installment in the "crazy/unplanned-updating-of-my-house" series. More this Friday...

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Jan 27, 2012

~ more pillows?

I am seriously embarrassed about what I'm about to show you. Please don't judge me! I've already willingly admitted that I have a problem. Some of you have noticed a few changes in my family room in recent posts... such observant readers I have! I will prepare an update post coming up, but this one is dedicated to my aforementioned problem.
So the deal is, I got more pillows. I KNOW! I just updated my family room pillows not that long ago! One of the major factors contributing to this problem is my discovery of Pillows by Dezign. I did a post on them HERE. It's just too darn easy to send them an email requesting two pillows in a gorgeous fabric. (And by two, I mean four.) 
What a concept ~ Offer quality merchandise for a great price, and sell lots of pillows! Now, let's review the update, shall we? 

I absolutely fell in love with this check fabric for my family room. The colors are perfect and I like that the check isn't as serious as the antique pillows. I added a charming jute trim on a one-inch flange.

Funny, Richard White, my designer darling, picked this fabric out for my sister-in-law, and when she was over showing me her gorgeous fabrics, whoopsie! I fell in love...

So there we have the first pair..

Now this fabric, a Brunschwig and Fils stunner, was one of those fabrics I knew would have to work somewhere in my home. 

It also comes in a beautiful blue...

and a gorgeous green...

but of course I prefer paprika!

I thought I would like this pair of pillows on the pair of chairs in my family room, but they were a bit busy. .. I still like the original pillows best. (Also from Pillows by Dezign... a Schumacher fabric.)

No worries friends!
I love them in several other places!
My family room on a side chair...

My living room wing chair...

Or the living room chair on the other side of the fireplace...

Can I please tell you something? I love Pillows by Dezign!

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Jan 25, 2012

~ spurgeon-lewis antiques

Continuing the series on updating my home, Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques, located in Alexandria, VA is the next culprit on the list... As I was perusing 1st Dibs, which has clearly proven to be a dangerous activity for me, I came across this incredibly charming table...

I thought it would be a nice replacement for the glass top coffee table in my family room! (Shown here with the old rug..)

Replacing the table would also enable me to use the accessories on the glass top table elsewhere, as I wouldn't dream of covering up the gorgeous top of the new table! I loved the size, the colors, and the crusty quality, and shipping didn't look to be an issue.. (Shipping prices can often result in turning a potential purchase sour!)

As you can see, sometimes things show up and don't go where you think they are going to go. This table, although I thought it would go best in my family room, actually looks best in my master bedroom, and is a welcome addition! This room is a bit dark and cave-like, and the table lightened up the space and is better appreciated in this room... 

In my family room, the table was too busy... especially with the new orange rug. Rather than hauling the glass top coffee table back from storage, I tried the chair ottomans in front of the couch. This move couldn't have made my family members happier! SO much more cozy and comfortable in here now! 

And the table is just perfect here...

Here are some other things I'd like to have from Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques ~



Check out this collection of boxes!

They are yours for the taking! Visit their website HERE and do some shopping... It's chock full of things you can't live without!

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Jan 24, 2012

~ mrs. howard

My last trip to Atlanta was all about celebrating my darling sister-in-law's birthday. We surprised her. It was a big one. Bless her heart, on her special day, she hauled us around Atlanta shopping. We hit the malls, we hit the antique stores, and we hit Mrs. Howard's. If you aren't familiar with Phoebe Howard, don't feel bad. I hadn't heard of her either. I was imagining a grandma's house where she might sell specialty pieces or something of that nature. Seems I got that all wrong. Mrs. Howard's is really amazing. Like, really.

Atlanta, Jacksonville Beach, Jacksonville, and Charlotte are all lucky enough to have Mrs. Howard stores. I believe these images, all from the Phoebe Howard website, were taken in the exceptionally beautiful stores. ..

Not exactly your everyday furniture store. Seriously gorgeous. 

Phoebe and her husband Jim are quite the pair when it comes to creating stylish and spectacular spaces.
In addition to Mrs. Howard's, Max & Company features a younger, more modern appeal, and is just next door.

Phoebe Howard's new book, The Joy of Decorating, due out this Spring, has been pre-ordered by yours truly. Mrs. Howard walks readers through some of her favorite projects, and this is something I don't want to miss!

Pre-order through Amazon by clicking the book below...

The images above are from Phoebe's blog, Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper. I love how she organized the books by color. Right up my alley...
Oh dear, do I add this to my list of organizing projects... I'm not sure my books would do that?

Click on the quote below to visit the Phoebe Howard website... tons of eye candy awaits...

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